Ohio Council of Retail Merchants

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

NOTE: The story about the execution of an ill death row inmate has been updated. Alva Campbell Jr.'s execution was delayed after officials could not find a suitable vein for the lethal injection.

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, November 15th:

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The White House is sending Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to Columbus, where he’ll make a case for the GOP tax plan.  

Steve Mnuchin will speak at the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants' annual luncheon at the Athletic Club of Columbus.

Mnuchin will discuss the tax reform bill's impact on the country's economy. National Retail Federation President Matthew Shay will moderate the conversation.

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If you need to buy some school supplies for the kids or even some new clothes for yourself, this might be the weekend to do it. You won’t pay sales tax on many items purchased in Ohio because of the state’s sales tax holiday.

There's no sales tax on many back-to-school items under $20, and clothing under $75.

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 The state’s retailers are pushing lawmakers to put in place permanently a three-day sales tax holiday in August for clothing and school supplies. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports they have a new study that shows big numbers to support it.